I’m ridiculously excited to show you all the details of our wedding. I tried my hardest to add personal touches to our special day. This included designing and making many of the things related to our wedding. Though it was a lot of work, I loved it because I’m a glutton for punishment.
I designed and assembled our wedding invitations. Read more about them here.
OK, now onto the wedding day.
My engagement ring was purchased from Marlan Jewelers in Cleveland, Ohio. I designed my wedding band, which was made by Van Horne Jewelers in Granger, Indiana. Read about that here. I purchased Brad’s tungsten wedding band from Tungsten Direct for $60 with a Groopdealz deal. Holla!
I brought my own Scrabble tiles so my photographer could get this shot. Me? Type A? No way.
One of the reasons why I chose my dress was because of the blinged-out belt.
My mom made my veil. She cut the tulle from a pattern and hand stitched the lace along the bottom. We bought all the supplies at JoAnn Fabric.
I had a custom wedding dress label made and sewn onto the inside hem of my dress. I purposely bought a quatrefoil shaped label because it’s the symbol of my sorority, Phi Mu. I purchased the label from Initial Impressions.
My mom made my garters. The red and white IU-themed one was my toss garter. The keepsake garter was my something blue.
My something old (my late grandma’s wedding ring), something new (earrings from Nordstrom), something borrowed (my mom’s pearl bracelet), and something blue (garter).
My bouquet was made of peonies (my favorite) and hypericum berries. My bridesmaids’ bouquets were made of garden roses, peonies, and hypericum berries.
My grandmother’s wedding ring was attached to my bouquet.
I wanted to be able to display our wedding guest book instead of putting it in a box and never looking at it again. I liked the idea of a wedding guest book tree but I didn’t like the thumbprint trees because I think it’s creepy to ask for your guests’ fingerprints. I found a wedding guest book tree that had self-adhesive leaves. I purchased it from Absinthe Custom Printing.
I made the moss covered monograms that set on the fireplace mantel that we were married in front of. I also made the peony topiaries that flanked the sides of the fireplace and the peony pomanders that lined the aisle.
I designed and made our escort cards with leftover paper from our wedding invitations. I also made our card box (it’s for sale– let me know if you know anyone who would be interested).
I bought all of the reception chair covers and pink sashes from Linen Tablecloth. In our area, to rent a chair cover and sash it costs at least $3.50 per chair. RIP. OFF. I ended up paying $1.73 per chair (Linen Tablecloth has a crazy Black Friday sale). I also bought a pink tablecloth for $9 to use on our cake table. After the wedding I sold the chair covers, sashes, and pink tablecloth. In the end, I technically only paid $25 for the chair covers, sashes, and tablecloth. My mom and step-grandmother were nice enough to iron every chair cover and sash before the wedding.
I designed and assembled all of our table name and menu cards.
I made half of our reception centerpieces. The day before the wedding I bought roses from Sam’s Club and took off the petals so they could be placed inside the hurricanes.
The other half of the centerpieces were arrangements of hydrangeas, spray roses, and hypericum berries, which were made by our florist/day-of wedding coordinator.
The Kate Spade Mr. and Mrs. toasting flutes were a bridal shower gift, as were the cute bride and groom flutes.
Our wedding favors were IU decorated sugar cookies from Brad’s favorite hometown bakery, Donut Bank. I bought custom stickers from MAU Promos to seal the cellophane cookie bags that I purchased from Artistic Ephemera.
I made all the props for the DIY photo booth. We purchased a photo booth software program and ran it on a laptop computer. A flat screen computer monitor, webcam, and photo printer were also used. Two duplicate photo strips printed onto one photo paper, so the guests cut down the middle. They taped one strip into a scrapbook and took the other with them.
I made the flip flop baskets and the signage.
All photos by Anya Albonetti
After the wedding, I designed our thank you cards. I had them printed onto Vistaprint postcards. We I wrote the thank you note on the back of the postcards, slipped them into envelopes, and mailed them off.